ArmInfo.The contradictory statements of the new government cause tensions related to the issue of operating the Amulsar mine. This is stated in the statement of the ARF "Dashnaktsutyun" party, received by ArmInfo.
ARF representatives also note that another reason for the growing tension is the lack of adequate steps on the part of the authorities to meet public expectations.
The statement, in particular, reads: "Considering national and state interests, social solidarity, the safe exploitation of natural resources, the preservation of the biological diversity of the environment and sustainable development of the country the supreme body of the ARF" Dashnaktsutyun "party is deeply concerned that the published data are not convincing enough and do not inspire confidence in both public and professional circles. We urge the authorities not to consider the published expert opinion as the final basis for the development of the mine. Underlining public concern about this issue, its potentially serious impact on the socio-economic and environmental prospects of the country, we consider it appropriate, as a result of public and professional discussions, to find an acceptable solution to this issue. We also believe that it is necessary to restore dialogue with a circle of experts and, through a referendum, make a decision that meets the interests of the state and is acceptable to the public".
It should be noted that a protest rally against the exploitation of the Amulsar mine took place in Yerevan on August 19, as a result of which clashes occurred between the protesters and the police. Police detained 6 protesters. The detained citizens were visited by the office of the Ombudsman of Armenia. On the evening of the same day, Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan made a statement in which he noted that there were no grounds for stopping work at the Amulsar field. In turn, the General Prosecutor's Office of Armenia terminated the criminal case against the Lydian company.